October 18, 2013 |
The African field hockey championships will finally take place in Kenya next month, which might not seem like a big deal until you know the backstory. The 2013 Africa Cup for Nations is proof that sports and politics can never be completely separate. The men's and women's tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Egypt but had to be moved because of political unrest in that country. Officials set a new date for early this month in Kenya. Then terrorists attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in a siege that claimed the lives of at least 67 people and injured many more.
September 22, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - Security forces launched what they called a final assault late Sunday against Somali militants holed up in a high-end shopping mall, claiming they had freed most of the hostages being held by the gunmen and seized control of much of the building. Military and police helicopters circled low over the multi-story Westgate mall and gunfire rang out throughout the day. As darkness fell, beginning the second night of the siege, a large explosion shook the area. The Kenya National Disaster Operation Center said a major operation was unfolding to end the terrorist attack that killed at least 68 people and injured 175. PHOTOS: Kenya mall attack "This will end tonight," it declared.
August 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert Friday over the threat of a possible terrorist attack by Al Qaeda or its affiliates, which also prompted a decision to temporarily close 21 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and several predominantly Muslim countries elsewhere. The greatest risk of attack is in the Middle East and North Africa, the department said, and it warned that the attack could emanate from the Arabian Peninsula. The British government is closing its embassy in Yemen on Sunday and Monday but not missions in other Middle Eastern countries, suggesting that London believes the source could be Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
July 16, 2013 |
French authorities on Tuesday arrested a Norwegian "black metal" musician and neo-Nazi on suspicion of planning "a large terrorist act. " Varg Vikernes is an alleged sympathizer of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, according to the Associated Press. Breivik killed scores at a Norway youth camp, as the L.A. Times previously reported . French police told the Wall Street Journal that Vikernes was the "author of aggressive racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic comments on Internet forums.
April 30, 2013 |
LONDON -- Six men pleaded guilty Tuesday to planning a terrorist attack that failed only because the far-right rally they were targeting in central England ended before they arrived. Police discovered the plot after searching the men's car following a routine traffic check. Inside the trunk was a cache of weapons that included machetes, knives, sawed-off shotguns and at least one crude bomb packed with nails. The six men's guilty pleas came just days after the sentencing of another group of aspiring Islamic terrorists in Britain.
April 17, 2013
Re "Terror in Boston," April 16 Boston is the heart of New England, the cradle of our nation. Once it was a bustling industrial city too. Then the factories moved out and it seemed as though the city was finished. But Boston came back. There's no place like it: Paul Revere's house in the North End, the Common, Faneuil Hall, Beacon Hill, Quincy Market, the Freedom Trail, the Charles River, the Back Bay and Fenway Park with its Green "Monstah. " World-class universities and hospitals are in Boston.